GATE Syllabus – Exam Topics, Pattern, Important Books, Preparation Tips

The syllabus for GATE 2021 will be made available in online mode on the official website by the concerned authorities. Aspirants will be able to check the PDF files containing the detailed GATE syllabus for all 25 subjects. Candidates must note that questions in the GATE exam will be asked from the topics enlisted in the GATE 2021 syllabus only.Β 

Before starting the preparations for the exam, the candidates must:

  • Go through the detailed syllabus thoroughly so as to avoid any confusions or discrepancy.
  • Lay more focus and time on the sections in which they are weak.

In this article, we have explained the detailed syllabus for GATE 2021. Aspirants qualifying the GATE exam will be eligible for admissions into various IITs, NITS, IIITs and CFTIs, and some PSUs recruitment.

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Latest Update – As per the revised Prime Minister’s Research Fellowship (PMRF) scheme, the qualifying score for GATE exam has been changed to 650; it was 750 earlier. Also, among the 25 institutions, NITs will also be eligible to grant the fellowship.Β 

GATE Syllabus – Subject-wise

The concerned authorities will announce the syllabus for GATE 2021 along with the official notification. As per the previous year’s notification, the subject-wise detailed syllabus is mentioned below.

GATE Syllabus for ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING

Architecture and DesignBuilding and Structures
Building Materials, Construction and ManagementEnvironmental Planning and Design
Planning Techniques and ManagementServices, Infrastructure and Transportation
Urban DesignUrban Planning and Housing

GATE Syllabus for CHEMISTRY

Physical ChemistryInorganic Chemistry
Organic ChemistryΒ 

GATE Syllabus for METALLURGICAL ENGINEERING

Engineering MathematicsExtractive Metallurgy
Manufacturing ProcessesMechanical Metallurgy
Physical MetallurgyThermodynamics and Rate Processes

GATE Syllabus for MINING ENGINEERING

Economics, Mine Planning, Systems EngineeringEngineering Mathematics
Geo-Mechanics and Ground ControlMine Development and Surveying
Mining Methods and MachinerySurface Environment, Mine Ventilation, and Underground Hazards

GATE Syllabus for PHYSICS

Atomic and Molecular PhysicsClassical Mechanics
Electromagnetic TheoryMathematical Physics
Nuclear And Particle PhysicsQuantum Mechanics
Solid State Physics and ElectronicsThermodynamics and Statistical Physics

GATE Syllabus for PRODUCTION AND INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING

Engineering MathematicsGeneral Engineering
Industrial EngineeringManufacturing Processes I
Manufacturing Processes IIOperations Research and Operations Management
Quality and ReliabilityΒ 

GATE TEXTILE ENGINEERING AND FIBRE SCIENCE Syllabus

Chemical ProcessingEngineering Mathematics
Fabric Manufacture, Structure And PropertiesTextile Fibres
Textile TestingYarn Manufacture, Yarn Structure and Properties

GATE ECOLOGY AND EVOLUTION Syllabus

Behavioural EcologyEcology
EvolutionMathematics and Quantitative Ecology

GATE Mathematics Syllabus for XE

Differential EquationsEngineering Mathematics
Linear AlgebraNumerical Methods
Probability and StatisticsVector Calculus
CalculusΒ 

GATE Fluid Mechanics Syllabus for XE

Differential AnalysisDimensional Analysis
Flow and Fluid PropertiesIntegral Analysis
Internal FlowsIn Viscid Flows
KinematicsBrandt Boundary Layer Equations

GATE Material Science Syllabus for XE

Characterisation TechniquesElements of Quantum Mechanics and Mathematics
Environmental DegradationMaterial Types
Processing of MaterialsProperties of Materials
Structure and ImperfectionsThermodynamics And Kinetics

GATE Thermodynamics Syllabus for XE

Basic ConceptsFirst Law of Thermodynamics
Ideal Gas MixturesProperties of Pure Substances
Second Law of ThermodynamicsThermodynamic Cycles
Thermodynamic RelationsΒ 

GATE Food Technology Syllabus for XE

Food Chemistry and NutritionFood Engineering
Food MicrobiologyFood Products Technology

GATE CHEMISTRY Syllabus for XL

Atomic Structure And PeriodicityChemical Equilibria
ElectrochemistryReaction Kinetics
S, P and D Block ElementsStructure and Bonding
Structure-Reactivity Correlations And Organic Reaction MechanismsThermodynamics

GATE Syllabus – Stream-wise

GATE aspirants can check the below tables to know about the stream-wise syllabus of GATE 2021.

Gate Syllabus for BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

Analog and Digital ElectronicsBiomaterials
BiomechanicsElectrical Circuits
Engineering MathematicsHuman Anatomy and Physiology
Measurements and Control SystemsMedical Imaging Systems
Sensors and InstrumentationSignals and Systems

GATE Syllabus for MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

Engineering MechanicsThermodynamics
Strength of materialsRefrigeration & Air Conditioning
Heat TransferGeneral Aptitude
Machine DesignIndustrial Engineering
Fluid MechanicsEngineering Mathematics
Theory of MechanicsManufacturing Engineering

GATE Syllabus for INSTRUMENTATION ENGINEERING

Analog circuitsCircuits & Networks
MeasurementsGeneral Aptitude
CommunicationsSignals and Systems
Control SystemTransducers
Digital CircuitsEngineering Mathematics
Analytical Biomedical & Optical InstrumentationProcess Controls

GATE Syllabus for ELECTRONICS AND COMMUNICATION ENGINEERING

Network TheoryCommunication Systems
Electronics Devices & CircuitsEMT
Digital CircuitsEngineering Mathematics
Signal & SystemsGeneral Aptitude
Analog CircuitsMicro Processors
Control Systems

GATE Syllabus for ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING

Network TheoryAnalog & Digital Electronics
Signal & SystemEMT
Control SystemsGeneral Aptitude
Power SystemsEngineering Maths
Electrical machinesPower Electronics
Electrical & Electronics MeasurementsΒ 

GATE Syllabus CIVIL ENGINEERING

Engineering MathematicsEnvironmental Engineering
Geometrics EngineeringGeotechnical Engineering
Structural EngineeringTransportation Engineering
Water Resources EngineeringΒ 

GATE Syllabus for CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

Chemical EngineeringChemical Reaction Engineering
Chemical TechnologyEngineering Mathematics
Fluid Mechanics and Mechanical OperationsHeat Transfer
Instrumentation and Process ControlMass Transfer
Plant Design and EconomicsProcess Calculations and Thermodynamics

GATE Syllabus for AEROSPACE ENGINEERING

AerodynamicsEngineering Mathematics
Flight MechanicsPropulsion
Space DynamicsStructures

GATE Syllabus for AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERING

Agricultural Processing EngineeringDairy and Food Engineering
Engineering MathematicsFarm Machinery
Farm PowerIrrigation and Drainage Engineering
Soil and Water Conservation EngineeringΒ 

GATE Syllabus – Preparation Tips

While preparing for the Graduate Aptitude Test Engineering (GATE) exam, the candidates can follow the below mentioned preparation tips after going through the GATE 2021 syllabus –

  • Before proceeding with the preparations, the candidates must go through the exam pattern along with the syllabus.
  • Going through the exam pattern will make the candidates aware about the weightage that each topic holdsand plan their preparations accordingly.
  • Give more time and focus to the topics with higher weightage.
  • Refer to all the respective books while preparing to make sure that you don’t leave any topic untouched.
  • Stay healthy and keep your mind calm so as to prepare well for the GATE exam.

*We have given the detailed exam pattern, section-wise weightage, and reference books for the GATE exam below.

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GATE Syllabus – Exam Pattern

As discussed above, the candidates must go through the exam pattern described for the GATE exam along with the syllabus. Being well acquainted with the exam pattern will also help the candidates to get an idea about the section-wise weightage and official marking scheme described by the authorities. No changes have been made in the exam pattern for the GATE exam. Still, if any changes are announced with the official notification for GATE 2021, we will update this page. Meanwhile, the candidates can go through the below mentioned details.

  1. The exam will be conducted in online mode (computer-based test) for the time duration of 180 minutes, i.e. 3 hours.
  2. There will be a total 65 multiple-choice and numerical-type questions. The GATE exam will be conducted for a total of 100 marks.
  3. The questions will be asked from three sections in the exam, i.e. General Aptitude, Engineering Mathematics and Subject Specification Section.
  4. As per the marking scheme, some questions will carry 1 mark each and other 2 marks each.
  5. For questions carrying 1 mark each, 1/3 marks will be deducted for wrong answers, and for questions carrying 2 marks, 2/3 marks will be deducted.Β 
  6. There is no negative marking for numerical type questions.Β 

GATE Section wise Weightage Distribution:

SectionsNumber of Questions and Marks per partNumber of QuestionsMaximum Marks
General Aptitude (GA)5 questions of 1 mark each and 5 questions of 2 mark each1015
Question Papers other than GG, XE and XL25 questions of 1 mark each and 30 questions of 2 mark each5585
SectionsNumber of Questions and Marks per partNumber of questionsMaximum Marks
Question Paper GG (Geology and Geophysics)PART A (Compulsory Section)PART B5585
25 questions of 1 mark eachSection I (Geology) and Section II (Geophysics) (Attempt Any 1 question):

30 questions of 2 mark each

SectionsNumber of Questions and Marks per partNumber of questionsMaximum Marks
XE Paper (Engineering Sciences)General Aptitude

(15 marks)

Section A Engineering Mathematics (Compulsory):Sections B to H: (Attempt Any Two)5585
7 questions of 1 mark each and 4 questions of 2 marks each9 questions of 1 mark each and 13 questions of 2 marks each
SectionsNumber of Questions and Marks per partNumber of questionsMaximum Marks
XL Paper (Life Sciences)General Aptitude

(15 marks)

Section P Chemistry (Compulsory Section):Sections Q to U: (Attempt Any 2)5585
5 questions of 1 mark each and 10 questions of 2 marks each10 questions of 1 mark each and 10 questions of 2 marks each

GATE Syllabus – Reference Books

We have mentioned the topic-wise names of all the important books that the candidates can refer to while preparing for GATE 2021.Β 

GATE Preparation Books for Computer Science (CS)

BookAuthor
TOC – Theory of ComputationUllman
Operating SystemGalvin
ArchitectureHamacher
AlgorithmCormen

GATE Preparation Books for Agriculture Engineering (AG)

BookAuthor
Soil & Water ConservationVVN Murty
Farm Machinery by Three Authors(known by book’s name)
Concept of Agricultural EngineeringMohanty Das

GATE Preparation Books for Electrical Engineering (EE)

BookAuthor
Power Electronics-P S Bimbhra
Fundamentals of CircuitsAlexander, Sadiku
Electrical MachinesNagrath, Kothari

GATE Preparation Books for Chemical Engineering (CH)

BookAuthor
Unit Operations of Chemical EngineeringMcCabe -FPM and MO
Principles of Mass Transfer and Separation ProcessesBK Dutta
Introduction to Chemical Engineering ThermodynamicsJM Smith
Heat TransferJP Holman
Essentials of Chemical Reaction EngineeringFogler
An Insight into Chemical EngineeringM.Subbu
Chemical Engineering For Gate Principles Solved Problems & Objective Type QuestionsRam Prasad

GATE Preparation Books for Mechanical Engineering (ME)

BookAuthor
ThermodynamicsP.K.Nag
Theory of Machine (TOM)R.S Khurmi
Strength of MaterialsS.S. Ratan
Production EngineeringSwadesh Singh
Heat TransferCengel
Fluid MechanicsR.K. Bansal, Frank M.White

GATE Preparation Books for Civil Engineering (CE)

BookAuthor
SteelBhavikatti
Soil Mechanics and Foundation EngineeringGopal and Ranjan
RCCPillai and Menon
Open Channel Flow and Engineering HydrologyK Subramanya
Highway EngineeringKhanna and Justo
Fluid MechanicsR K Bansal
Environment 1 and 2S K Garg

GATE Preparation Books for Production and Industrial Engineering (PI)

BookAuthor
ThermodynamicsP.K Nag
Theory Of MachineSS Ratan
Strength Of MaterialSadhu Singh
RefrigerationMade Easy Class Notes
ProductionS K Mondal Notes & Swadesh Singh
Material ScienceMade Easy Class Notes & Swadesh Singh
Machine DesignVB Bhandari
IC EngineMathur Sharma
Heat TransferMade Easy Class Notes
Fluid Mechanics and MachineryModi & Seth

GATE Preparation Books for Electronics & Communication Engineering (ECE)

BooksAuthor
Solutions of Network AnalysisGK Publications
Network TheoryProf Yoganarasimhan
Network AnalysisVan Valken Burg
Network AnalysisSoni and Gupta
Microelectronic CircuitsSedra and Smith
Graph TheoryNarsing Deo (Cutset and Others)
Engg. Circuit AnalysisHayt and Kemmerly
Electronic Devices CircuitsBoylestad and Nashelsky
Electric CircuitsSchaum’s Series
Circuit TheoryChakravarthy

GATE Preparation Books for other subjects

SubjectName of Books/Authors (Commonly Known)
Paint TechnologyPK Nag
Oil EngineeringRK Bansal, RK Rajput
Marine EngineeringRK Rajput, RK Bansal,
Instrumentation & ControlNatesan, Mukherjee & Chakrawarthy
Information TechnologyGATE 2020 Last Year Papers
Geology and GeophysicsComplete Master Guide GATE – Amresh Singh
Chemical EngineeringCengel & Boles
Bio TechnologyLehning M Prescott, Eldon John, Lehninger
ArchitectureThe Road Ahead, GATE Architecture

GATE Syllabus – FAQs

Q. Are there any chances of change in the syllabus for GATE 2021?

No, the syllabus for GATE has not been revised since long. Still, if any changes are made in the syllabus for GATE 2021, the authorities will announce it with the release of the official notification, and we will update this page accordingly.

Q. Where can we get the detailed GATE syllabus 2021?

We have given the detailed syllabus for GATE along with other insights in this article. Moreover, the candidates can visit the official website of IIT Bombay (conducting body for GATE 2021) website to access the syllabus for the exam.

Q. For how many papers can a GATE aspirant appear for?

Candidates can only apply for one GATE paper in a year. The authorities conduct the GATE exam for a total 25 papers. Each year, a candidate can apply for only one paper out of all 25. Multiple entries will not be considered valid by the authorities.

Q. Will the GATE syllabus be the same for all the subjects?

No. The GATE syllabus 2021 will vary from subject to subject and course to course. The candidates can access the official website to know the syllabus of their desired subject or course. Also, the weightage of the topics will also vary accordingly.

Q. How many total papers are there in GATE 2021?

There are a total of 25 GATE papers conducted every year by the authorities. The authorities release the subject-wise syllabus for all GATE papers. Candidates will gain access to the official syllabus for GATE 2021, once it is announced by IIT Bombay.

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